Norwegians here on fact finding mission in April


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Norwegian government has decided to send a team of officials from its aid agency NORAD and the Fisheries and Maritime Institute Department to Sri Lanka at the end of April on a fact finding mission.

The logistics of the reconstruction of fisheries harbours in the North and East with Norwegian funds were discussed by Norwegian Ambassador Hilde Haraldstad when she called on Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at his ministry last Wednesday (14).

Senaratne held discussions with Norwegian International Development and Environment Minister Erik Solheim about the Lankan fisheries industry and to get Norwegian help to develop the sector when he was in Norway recently.

Dr. Senaratne told The Island that arrangements had been made to provide special vocational training on modern technology to fishermen.

He said that the training would help to prevent accidents at sea. All fishermen completing the training would receive certificates.

"Modern technology, vessels and equipment are the most important things to develop the fisheries industry to have a good fish harvest. Better awareness on safety, vessel guard and vessel repairing are also important for fishermen while fishing in the deep seas", he said.

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